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Truth Telling Journalist Extraordinaire Helen Thomas Dead at 92

Thomas died Saturday morning at her Washington apartment

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Helen Thomas
White House Press Corps Reporter: 1920 - 2013

"I don't think a tough question is disrespectful. I say. ´Mr. President...´ I say, ´Thank you.´ What else do you want? The presidential news conference is the only forum in our society where a president can be questioned. If he's not questioned, he can rule by edict; by government order. He can be a monarch. He can be a dictator, and who is to find out? No. He should be questioned and he should always be able to willingly reply and answer to all questions because these aren't our questions. They're the people's questions."

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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama, has died at age 92, according to The Gridiron Club & Foundation.

Gridiron Club's Carl Leubsdorf announced in an email: "Former Gridiron Club president Helen Thomas, our first female member, died Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness. She would have been 93 next month."

Thomas spent 57 years at United Press International before spending her last decade in journalism as a columnist for Heart Newspapers.

As a White House correspondent Thomas covered the press briefings of ten consecutive presidential administrations.

Thomas was forced to retire in 2010 when she was asked for comments on Israel, she replied: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine."








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Helen Thomas Columns on Common Dreams

January 6, 2011: Privatizing Social Security Again?

March 1, 2010: Obama's Inner GOP

February 8, 2010: Obama, The War President

January 19, 2010: Accepting Various Truths


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July 28, 2009: Obama Ignores Torture

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June 23, 2009: Obama Running Scared

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January 29, 2009: Obama Pledges Open Government (But We've Heard That Before)

January 21, 2009: 44 Takes Office with Blunt Rejection of 43

January 11, 2009: History Cannot Save Him

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October 28, 2008: Bush Again Breaks Wall Between Church, State

October 2, 2008: McCain Surely Needs Lessons in Diplomacy

September 19, 2008: Palin + McCain Equals More Bush

May 2, 2008: Bush Admits He Approved Torture

April 12, 2008: War Without End

March 27, 2008: Cheney Believes War Is Not the People's Business

March 25, 2008: Telling Bush the Truth Is Costly

March 8, 2008: Keep The New York Philharmonic On The Road

February 26, 2008: Bush Legacy Already Established

January 26, 2008: Candidates: Come Clean About Iraq

November 25, 2007: US Friends and Foes Grabbing Power

October 12, 2007: US Torture Tactics Shame Us All

August 16, 2007: Dean Warns Democrats Against Overconfidence in 2008

April 13, 2007: Pelosi's 'Mixed Message' to Syria Is More Direct Than The President's

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